Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge recognized for engineering excellence

February 25, 2013 - CH2M HILL's Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge project in Portland, Oregon (now officially known as the U.S. Congresswoman Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge at Gibbs Street) recently received the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon Chapter 2013 Engineering Excellence Grand Award.

Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge

As one of only six Grand Award recipients, Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge is recognized for its engineering achievements, demonstrating the highest degree of merit and ingenuity.

"My sincere congratulations go out to the resilient and excellent project team," said James McGrath, Oregon Business Development leader. "More than 252 CH2M HILL staff touched the project over 42,000 hours of work. This project is a conspicuous example of our design excellence, technical prowess and management acumen. It's also a long-promised link from one of our oldest neighborhoods (Lair Hill) to one of our newest and most dynamic (South Waterfront). It is truly a signature span for the city and for our portfolio, and we should anticipate replicating and building on this success."

About the Project

The Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge opened to the public in a grand opening ceremony on July 14, 2012, that was marked by numerous accolades from the community, stakeholders and public officials. The firm's Transportation and Water Business Groups, as well as IDC Architects staff, delivered planning, public involvement, environmental, design and construction management services for the pedestrian bridge.

The 700-foot bridge was welcomed by residents of Portland's Lair neighborhood, which was bisected by a freeway constructed back in the 1960s; the neighborhood then had no access to the Willamette River Waterfront. The recent emergence of the South Waterfront District raised residents' awareness of the issue; residents wanted an easy way to travel, by bicycle and on foot, between the neighborhood and to the Waterfront.

The Gibbs Street Bridge now reunites the neighborhood with an iconic gateway and sustainable link for pedestrian and bike traffic. The bridge was built below the aerial tram that links Portland's South Waterfront district to the hilltop Oregon Health and Science University campus.

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